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Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Music
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

including a minimum grade B in Music or Music Technology.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in Music or Music Technology.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level or Distinction in BTEC in Music or Music Technology.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Perhaps you are interested in broadening and deepening your understanding of music. Or you want to build on your performing abilities, or explore composition and see what you’re capable of. If so, our Music BMus(Hons) course could be just right for you. The course develops your skills in composition, performance, music analysis and history, and is deliberately flexible so you can play to your strengths as well as explore new areas of study. An optional placement year could also help give you the edge in your chosen career. Music is all about collaboration and experimentation, so you’ll have opportunities to get involved in large and small ensembles, choirs and bands, composing for your fellow students, studying and playing with others. We’ll also encourage you to carry out your own creative projects and research. We’re based in the purpose-built Creative Arts Building, with its many practice rooms, rehearsal spaces and recording studios. Our two concert halls provide you with contrasting acoustics and environments in which to perform and hear others, and we have a large instrument collection including historical keyboards, organs, early music resources, percussion and electronic instruments. You’ll be taught by leading composers, performers and researchers, and our team of part-time instrumental and vocal teachers includes internationally recognised professional performers from across the region. During your studies you’ll be able to specialise in composition, performance or musicology, or mix it up and explore the connections between all three. We want to hear your work too, in recitals, concerts, master classes and workshops and we regularly host concerts and workshops with leading chamber groups. As a composer, you’ll have the chance to hear your work performed by professionals and this year our students will be spending a day playing in the Orchestra of Opera North. In musicology, you’ll be able to study the development of music across history and in different historical and cultural contexts. You could specialise in subjects like baroque music, experimental music, opera and musical theatre, or film music.


Year 1 Core modules: Introduction to Music Research; Introduction to Analysis; Composition 1; Performance Skills 1. Option modules - choose one from a list which may include: Technology for Music; Computer Composition 1 plus one from a list which may include: Stylistic Composition; Solo Performance 1; Songwriting 1; Grooves, Glitches and Crackles (Foundation Studies in Popular Music and Electronica). Year 2 Option modules - choose at least two from a list which may include: Music On Stage: Opera and Musica Theatre from Orfeo to Matilda 1; Singers and their Songs: Music, text and Performance Before 1600 1; Scoring the Silver Screen: the Musicology of Film and Television; Popular Music Studies; Historical Performance; Experimental Music 1; Music In Vienna 1770-1830; Explorations in World Musics 1; Empirical Musicologies 1: Data-Driven Approaches to Musical Study plus choose up to four from a list which may include - Techniques of Music Analysis 1; Intermediate Composition; Composition 2: Composition Techniques and Analysis; Computer Composition 2; Solo Performance 2 (Minor); Performance Skills 2 (Major); Performance Skills 2 (Minor); Scoring and Arranging for Brass Band and Symphonic Wind Orchestra; Orchestration 1; Music in Educational Contexts. Year 3 - optional placement year. Final year Core modules: Research for Music; Work and Professional Practice in Music. Option modules - choose up to four from a list which may include: Individual Project; Music On Stage: Opera and Musical Theatre from Orfeo to Matilda 2; Singers and their Songs: Music, text and Performance Before 1600 2; Advanced Composition; Music in the 21st Century; Computer Composition 3; Music, Gender and Identity; Experimental Music 2; Techniques of Music Analysis 2; Explorations in World Musics 2; Empirical Musicologies 2: Data-Driven Approaches to Musical Study; Solo Performance 3 (Minor); Studies in Performance; Performance Skills 3 (Major); Performance Skills 3 (Minor); Orchestration 2; Music in Vienna 1770-1830; Historical Performance; Solo Performance 3 (Major); Composing Music for Film B.

University of Huddersfield

The campus at sunset

The University of Huddersfield was named Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2013, an award supported by outstanding support for students at all levels. The university is in the top ten in the UK for graduate employability and teaching excellence and the number one mainstream university in England for assessment and feedback. Combine this with our record for supporting work placements and student enterprise and you will find there is a lot more to Huddersfield than meets the eye.

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
27% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
344 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
15% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.
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